Today on Here and Now

by Laura Ellis on July 20, 2011

Thirteen days remain until August 2, the date after which the US will default on debt payments. The so-called “Gang of Six” deficit-reduction plan that emerged on Capitol Hill yesterday is gaining steam. We’ll ask if they can reach a deal on time.

Around 5.6 million mothers stay at home, and for many, getting back into the workforce is a struggle because employers balk at gaps on resumes. Returnships might help. Sometimes paid, sometimes not – they help get people back into the workforce.

Coal ash is raising health and environmental concerns for residents in southwest Louisville. We’ll have the first of a three-part series on this byproduct of burning coal.

And ten days ago, Donnie Rickelman of Linton, Indiana underwent a hand transplant at Louisville’s Jewish Hospital. He’s the seventh recipient of a new hand under the transplant program launched in 1999 in conjunction with the University of Louisville. We’ll talk with Rickleman about his progress.

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